Kings Lose Special Teams Battle

DAUPHIN, MB – The Dauphin Kings came back from a 3-1 deficit, but couldn’t complete the comeback in a 6-3 loss to the Virden Oil Capitals Thursday night at Credit Union Place. 

After a decent start the Kings fell behind 1-0 in the first half of the opening period. Dauphin would get back on even terms when Keaton Leininger snapped a wrist shot home for his fifth of the season. Virden, however, would add another to their total to go up 2-1 before the end of the first period. 

In the second the Kings played well after getting behind 3-1 in the first five minutes. Dauphin scored two goals in the second half of the frame to get back to square one. Riley Shamray notched his first as a King on the Power Play, then Ashton Clark got in on the action with his ninth of the campaign. 

Matteo Esposito is still in search of his first win as a King between the pipes, but he played well in the loss. Making 38 saves on the night. The Kings fired 22 on the Virden net. 

Power Plays saw the Kings tally two goals while the Oil Capitals scored four on the man advantage in what was an odd penalty filled affair. Virden was 4 for 6 on the night, Dauphin was 2 for 7. 

Next up for Dauphin is a home game against the Winnipeg Blues on Saturday at Credit Union Place. The Rotary Club of Dauphin is the game sponsor! Opening face off is set for 7:30pm. 

Please take a moment on Friday to remember those who fought for our freedom.




Virden Oil Capitals at 8:00 (PP) Evan Cusmano from Carter Cowlthorp

Dauphin Kings at 13:50 Keaton Leininger from Graeme Hore and Ashton Clark

Virden Oil Capitals at 17:26 (PP) Tyler Kirkup from Dylan Thiessen and Tanner Lewis


Virden Oil Capitals at 4:35 (PP) Carter Cowlthorp from Tristen Cross and Kyle Salaway

Dauphin Kings at 11:52 (PP) Riley Shamray from Keaton Leininger and Graeme Hore

Dauphin Kings at 15:51 (PP) Ashton Clark from Trevor Selk and Riley Shamray


Virden Oil Capitals at 10:32 (PP) Kyle Salaway from Sam Schultz and Jeran Knorr

Virden Oil Capitals at 15:25 Ben Dalke from Kyle Salaway and Tyler Kirkup

Virden Oil Capitals at 17:32 Tyler Kirkup from Kyle Salaway and Cole Oliver